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Spring Camping

Last weekend I got out for my first camping trip of 2010. I was up visiting in Nanaimo when I decided to go on an spur of the moment camping trip up to Little Qualicum Falls. I was a bit worried about the weather but it all worked out in the end with the rain starting as we drove away from the campground.

A few photos from the some of the falls near the campgrounds and surrounding areas.

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Since it does get dark pretty early still I did some playing with long exposures and some alternative light sources. The following photo is looking up towards the skies, while the trees are illuminated by the camp fire.

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Once it got darker it was time to play with headlamps and a flash.

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Hornby Island

Hornby island is a fantastic gulf island just off of Vancouver Island. You take a ferry first to Denman island (another gulf island) and then a second ferry to Hornby. Hornby is a fantastic place that is full of things to do such as hiking, mountain biking, diving or just relaxing on one of the sandy beaches.

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Ferry on route to Hornby.

Hornby island does not have any provincial campgrounds but does have 2 private ones, these fill up fast and should be booked in advance. I have always stayed at Bradsdadsland which is much quieter than the one near Tribune bay which is much more party oriented. Every time  I have been to Hornby I have always seen an amazing on at least one of the nights.

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Helliwell provincial park is a must visit, as it has some stunning scenery that I have never really seen anywhere else. There is a great hike that takes you along some bluffs on the edge of sea cliffs. Some very stunning views.

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Enjoying the view on one beaches in Helliwell park.

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Helliwell also home to a small old growth forest with some very large and gnarled trees.

Hornby island is a great place to visit with  something for everyone. If you have the chance to go you should, be warned it can get quite busy once schools are out for summer.

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